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NECA Dungeons & Dragons Warduke Ultimate Action Figure

War were declared.

When it comes to the subject of New Year’s Resolutions, I consider the topic to be a fairly silly one. If there’s something in your life that you could improve upon, or a habit that should be broken, don’t wait for a new year to try to make that change – just do it! Making a resolution for the sake of one is also silly, sort of like giving up something for Lent, but people are going to do it anyway. I abstain from the practice, though if I were to make a resolution for 2023 it might have been to narrow my toy collecting a bit. For the most part, I tend to stay in my lane, but every so often I stray. I also widened that lane in 2022 due to the launch of collectibles based on the X-Men cartoon from 30 years ago. That caused me to broaden my Marvel collecting a bit more than it probably needed to go, but I can’t say I regret it. Mostly, it just felt like my collecting was expanding because other lines I was interested in started showing up or expanding. I’m talking about Gargoyles, Disney Ultimates, and soon I’ll be talking about The Simpsons. My Dragon Ball collecting continued to grow, and Bandai launched a line from its Robot Spirits brand focusing on my favorite Gundam series. Plus NECA’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rolled along and then there was the Christmas splurge. Yeah, if anything, I might have dove into the ranks of Christmas toys more than I should have because now I’m struggling to make room for everything I have and that’s a problem that isn’t going away. Which is why now isn’t really the best time for me to once more go outside my comfort zone, but sometimes a toy so cool comes along that it becomes hard to ignore. And that is why, my friends, I’m going to tell you all about NECA’s latest from its line of action figures based on Dungeons & Dragons – Warduke!

Obviously, a totally different scale here, but I don’t mind. I want Warduke to tower over others.

Warduke is a character born in the 80s, or late 70s, and was featured in LJN’s line of D&D toys back then. I’m assuming he appeared in some actual campaign materials as well and I think he was featured in the animated series. That said, I have no familiarity with the character other than I’ve seen images of him before. I never got into the show and my brief dance with D&D in middle school didn’t cross-over with anything featuring Warduke. I was a DragonLance guy and I will say I see some influence in the designs of some of the dragon riders from those books likely borrowed from Warduke. Basically the blue-tinted scale mail and winged helm. Neither is probably all that original in the fantasy world, but considering both are D&D properties I wouldn’t be shocked to find out some of Warduke made it into DragonLance. As for Wardule himself, his design is pretty damn original and unique owing in large part to the half-armored/half-naked look he presents. Say what you will about the effectiveness of his attire in actual combat, you can’t deny it’s striking in figure form. There’s an outlandish element to it, but he pulls it off somehow. He should look silly, downright stupid, but it works. And since I do have that Hasbro Drizzt figure from a couple of years ago, I was able to convince myself to just grab this figure and enjoy it for what it is and hope I don’t end up falling down a D&D rabbit (esquilax?) hole. This guy also received a lot of hype and praise in the toy world with the chief championer of Warduke being Dan Larson of Secret Galaxy. A prominent toy collector from my native New Hampshire is basically the tipping point so let’s find out if the hype is warranted or not.

Warduke demands that you buy him!

Warduke is part of NECA’s Ultimate line of figures and comes in the standard five-panel box. The front cover features some lovely artwork of the character by Daniel Horne that’s very evocative of old school Dungeons & Dragons game manual covers. The rest of the box is reserved for product shots and the front flap opens to reveal a look at the figure inside. I love the use of the classic D&D font and who doesn’t love a box advertising the fact that it’s figures are evil? Once removed from his prison, Warduke stands a mighty 7.5″ to the top of his head and 8.25″ to the tips of the wings on his legendary dread helm. The entirety of the figure, or near entirety, is painted and the portions that should be matte are, and the ones meant to shine a bit under light do. The blue of the helm and armor pieces are especially eye-catching as it has a nice, metallic, sheen to it. The face behind the helm is entirely black, his helmet is sort of tiered with blue outside and a black one inside, with the red eyes being the only spot of color there. The paint is quite clean and crisp throughout which continues to be NECA’s strong suit. I don’t know how they achieve such consistency at their prices, but whatever they’re doing other companies need to start copying.

Warduke has this bisected design where he’s sporting this stylish blue armor on one side and he’s pretty much naked on the other.

The costume for Warduke is, in a word, intense. His torso is layered with straps and jewelry and his midsection features a garrish belt looking like a WWE take on a D&D champion. His torso and arms are well-muscled, though I feel like he could have used just a touch more bulk. The image on the box cover is a hulking being with a more exaggerated upper torso that I think would have looked better. This figure seems to be going for a slightly more realistic interpretation. It’s really only an issue for me when Warduke is just standing at attention as once posed with weapons in hand he looks more intimidating. His arms also can’t be placed at his sides which looks a little goofy, but again, you’re not going to pose him that way so it’s a moot issue. There’s a nice paint wash applied to his furred loincloth which adds a lot of depth to the piece and I love how the shoulder pad looks distressed as if he’s been through many a battle. This is the type of figure where there’s so much to take in upfront you’re bound to miss something. I keep spotting new things or finding something else to appreciate each time I pick him up which makes me want to fiddle with him, even if there’s a delicate component to all of the stuff on him that also makes me want to handle with care. I’m pretty sure I didn’t notice the satchel on the rear of his belt when I first picked him up or even the asymmetrical boots. And even though there’s a lot here, NECA was pretty smart with how it affixed everything to the figure. The straps on his torso are all separate pieces, but they’re glued down in places to keep them from lifting too far off of the figure. The necklace is either keyed in or glued as well so it lays relatively flat like a real necklace should. Often, plastic necklaces on figures don’t work out too well when they’re separate or removable because they lack the necessary weight to behave like a necklace should. The sculpt is just all-together incredible so I have to shout out the credited sculptor, Thomas Gwyn, for his work here. Jon Wardell and Geoffrey Trapp are the credited painters and they deserve a ton of praise for how this this figure turned out as well.

Sometimes you don’t need a big, flaming, sword to get the job done.

Let’s jump right into the accessories since they’re a big part of the aesthetics with this guy. Warduke comes with a pair of gripping hands in the box with the right gripping hand having the thumb off to the side. He has a second right, gripping, hand where the thumb is still towards the side of the hand, but it’s attached to the fingers to make it a bit tighter. I’m left to assume that one is intended to work better with the shield and the other one with the weapons. He also has a pointing, right, hand when he needs to point out the next person to die. For the gauntlet hand, he has a second, loose, gripping hand. Again, I think it’s for the shield since this hand is far too loose for any of the weapons. There’s no gesture, or style posed, left hand which is a bit of a bummer, but he does have lots of weapons – three to be exact. First we have his long sword which has a gold hilt with a red jewel embedded in it that matches the helm, necklace, and right boot. The pommel has a claw grabbing a sphere and it’s all in gold with the handle in brown. The blade has a nice silver finish and comes to a long point and it looks like the type of thing one would rather not see opposing them. If you need Warduke to look more menacing, it has a flame effect which slides down the blade all the way to the hilt. It’s a bit tight, but easy enough to get on. It’s cast in translucent yellow plastic with some orange added to the tips of the flames and it looks really awesome. I don’t think Warduke needs flaming weapons to cause a man to void his bowels, but you never can look too intimidating when you’re an evil gladiator.

This one is really tight so be careful.

If Warduke wants to dial things down a bit he does have a short sword. It has a gold and blue hilt and features the same red jewel in the hilt. The blade looks a bit more worn than the sword and I assume that’s intentional as it has a black wash applied to it. Lastly, we also have a dagger. It’s a curved and rather nasty looking item with a handle all done in blue to match his scale mail. It’s more of an ornate looking weapon and I assume this is what Warduke might use to intimidate someone or just to finish off a victim. The blade is a bit more pristine like it’s something the mighty warrior treasures and takes special care of. All three bladed weapons have a scabbard to slot into. The long sword is affixed to Warduke’s right shoulder strap. It’s brown with gold trim and has the red jewel on it as well. The fit is tight, so maybe be careful with that one. The short sword has a gold and blue scabbard which hangs from Warduke’s left hip via a gold chain. It’s a real chain so it flops around when handling the figure and is something to be mindful of. There’s a lot of sculpted details to the design of the gold on the scabbard and it’s just a really nice looking piece. The sword also slips in with relative ease. On the right hip is a brown scabbard for the dagger. It’s wider and comes to a point and features a red diamond strapped to it. It’s pretty damn tight, but I got the dagger to go in. Unfortunately, the once pristine blade came out streaked with brown and scratched a bit. I took a magic eraser to it to get some of that brown off, but that also takes off the paint wash and doesn’t do much for the scratches. I think I’ll try heating the scabbard before placing the dagger back in since I think Warduke is destined to be posed with sword and shield.

He’s even got storage for his big, awesome, shield!

Warduke’s final accessory is his massive shield. It’s a circular shield with a horned skull on the front. The skull lacks a lower jaw so it definitely reminds me of the Danzig logo to a point. The skull is also raised on the shield, well off of it, so it has a ton of depth. It’s a gray, but brushed with black which really makes it look like a metal object. The rear of the shield is also sculpted and features an 8-pointed star that kind of resembles a sun. There’s a “metal” handle towards the front of the shield with a faux leather strap in the rear. I found it easiest to remove Warduke’s hand, affix it to the handle, and then slide it on from there. It’s a little tricky to get the hand flush with the forearm doing it this way, but it’s also going to be hidden behind the shield so one need only seat it far enough that it won’t fall. The shield can work with the left arm, but it’s a little harder getting the rear strap over the gauntlet. The loose, left, gripping hand is pretty easy to get on though, but it’s not as secure a grip as the right hand. The hands are a bit pliable so getting the weapons into them isn’t too great a chore. The alternate right hand is definitely trickier. I had to break the seal on the thumb and index finger to flex it enough to get a weapon into it, but it does get a better grip than the default one. Especially with the very thin handle of the short sword. There’s a lot of paint here though so definitely air on the side of caution when trying to jam weapons into those hands. If it’s not going easy, just heat the hands up with some warm water and you should have no problems. The shield can also slot over the rear scabbard if you wish so he can basically store everything he comes with save for the extra hands and flame effect when not in use.

Time to fire it up.

Normally, people seem to want to save the best for last. This figure pretty much went all out on the sculpt, so it’s probably not a shocker to hear that the articulation isn’t the equal of the sculpt. Just look at this guy and try to figure out how to articulate him. He’s not some lithe ninja character so he doesn’t need a ton, but it’s definitely compromised and has at least one preventable flaw that shouldn’t be. At the head, it feels like we’ve got a double-ball peg. It can rotate and tilt up and down or to the side. The helmet sits right on the necklace though and since it’s all painted you definitely need to be careful. The shoulders are ball-hinged and they were the most tight of any of the joints out of the box. He can almost get his arms out to the side in a full horizontal pose. Rotating them is definitely squeaky, but doable. Both arms have obstacles to contend with. For the right arm, it’s the big scabbard behind it. For the left, it’s the massive shoulder pad. In both cases, I think you’re going to get enough range. There’s a biceps swivel which works fine on both arms. The elbows are single-hinged and they give you about 90 degrees of bend. They also pivot which is more useful for the shield arm than the sword arm, if you’re using the shield.

I’d much prefer a gripping hand with the proper hinge than this “clawed” hand that doesn’t have a ton of use.

At the wrists is where we encounter our first problem. And really, the only major problem I have with this release. All of the hands can rotate and all hinge, but guess what direction that hinge moves in? It’s a horizontal hinge on all hands, so it goes in and out. What we should have, at least for the weapon hands, are vertical hinges that move up and down. That is the appropriate hinge for any character wielding a melee weapon or even a gun. Very few weapons benefit from this setup – maybe a staff? For the shield, it’s not really important, but for sword wielders it’s a perplexing oversight. NECA is very inconsistent in this department which I discussed in my review of the quarter scale Leonardo figure they did recently. We have some figures that get the right hinge, and plenty of others that do not. It’s like they have some people on staff aware of it, and some who just don’t understand. It’s really weird though that a character like Warduke would have such an oversight. The left gripping hand is also a little loose for my liking. The peg looks slightly slimmer than the alternate hand, but it causes the hand to just spin on its own due to the weight of his weapons. I could put the shield on that arm, but I’d much prefer the shield cover the bare arm than the cool metallic one.

“I will destroy you elf!”

In the torso, we have a diaphragm joint. It’s not going to do a whole lot because of all of the straps in place. You get a little side-to-side out of the diaphragm and some twist. There’s basically no forward and back. I can’t tell if the figure has a waist twist or not as it doesn’t seem to want to move. Twisting the figure just causes the diaphragm to move and it’s probably stressing those straps, which appear to be glued down to the belt, and I’d hate for them to break. The wrists are a curious oversight, while the torso is kind of just bad when it comes to articulation. Here though, there isn’t an obvious or easy fix so I take it as an example of NECA prioritizing the look of the figure over the articulation. I wish they had sacrificed a little something to get a better twist into this one, but that’s more of a subjective complaint on my part. I get why they did it this way. At the hips, we have ball and socket joints and they work pretty well. The loincloth is going to get in the way, but Warduke can kick forward almost to a full 90 degrees with his right leg, a little less with the left. The legs rotate at the joint and you get some decent range there and he actually can get pretty far out to the side with his splits. The knees are single-hinged and bend about 90 degrees. They pivot like the elbows and that works fine. There’s also a boot cut you may not notice given the swivel at the knee, but it’s there. The ankles hinge forward and back a decent amount and the ankle rocker is pretty good.

“And your little cat too!”

Warduke is a figure that poses well enough below the waist. You can get a good base for this figure, but the upper body is definitely limited. He can lift his weapons over his head well enough and position his shield, but the limitations in the torso make it tough to really do a swinging pose. He can’t gesture forward with the bladed weapons due to the hands lacking the proper hinge and he’s best posed in what I would call a “ready” position. Action shots are not this guy’s strong suit. Is it enough? Probably, because the sculpt and paint are so good. I do wish NECA had tried a little harder to get more out of the torso, or maybe tried something a bit more exotic like a butterfly joint to make up for it. It probably would have looked bad on the right shoulder, but the left could have hidden it under the shoulder pad. At least then he would have had one arm that could bring a weapon out in front in a slashing motion.

Ultimately, this guy is just a badass figure worthy of your dollar.

Criticisms of the articulation aside, this is a really lovely figure. I could tell before buying it that the articulation was going to be limited and I really didn’t care. The sculpt, paint, and overall design of the character are just too damn cool. He can move enough to look like the badass he is and that’s really all I need out of this guy. And you can’t beat the price. This guy is $35 with maybe some stores out there charging a bit more. He seems to only be available at specialty shops and via NECA’s Amazon store, but we might see him show up at Walmart or Target in the near future. There are enough buying options that it shouldn’t be too hard to get him at MSRP. And in this day and age, $35 is a good price for a collectible quality action figure, especially of this quality. Marvel Legends keep hovering around 30 bucks it seems and Hasbro recently solicited a $35 Spider-Man that’s just the same old Spidey buck and with limited accessories. Place that figure beside Warduke and it gets blown away. There is no way such a figure should cost the same as this one. Does that mean I think NECA should up its prices? No! Please don’t! NECA is presently the best value in toy collecting and their quality control right now is maybe the best ever for the company. There’s a lot that could go wrong with this figure given the intricacies of the design, but it all turned out pretty damn great. If you’re an old school D&D fan that remembers Warduke, you owe it to yourself to get this guy. And if you just like badass and well made action figures then you should probably just go ahead and grab him as well. This guy may have come out in January, but I think it will still be high on many a year-end list come next year.

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Just a man and his cat.

I was quite surprised when Hasbro unveiled a deluxe action figure set starring the Forgotten Realms hero, Drizzt Do’Urden. Drizzt was a character I was familiar with going back into my middle school days when I traded Star Wars novels for Dragonlance. Even though my nose was buried in stories about Raistlin Majere and Tanis Half-Elven, a lot of the other kids around me were reading the latest from R.A. Salvatore. Drizzt was an instant hit, a dark elf warrior exiled from his subterranean home turned good guy. He was armed with a pair of magic scimitars, had a magic panther as a sidekick, and was basically unbeatable in combat. When I had exhausted Dragonlance, a campaign setting for the game Dungeons & Dragons that saw its peak in the 80s, I finally checked out what was coming out of the Forgotten Realms setting and would eventually read several books starring the legendary drow.

That’s a fine looking piece of cardboard.

Hasbro has owned Dungeons & Dragons through subsidiary Wizards of the Coast for over two decades now, but few knew if the company really planned on doing action figures. Plenty of 80s kids have longed for stuff based on the old cartoon series, while folks like me who grew up with the novels published by TSR have wanted to see some of those characters captured in plastic. Drizzt kind of came out no where though and Hasbro elected to sell the set, which includes his panther, Guenhwyvar (who I am just going to call Guen from now on because that name is ridiculous), through its Pulse storefront. This generally means collectors could pre-order the figure and expect delivery months later. Hasbro was likely skittish about going straight to retail with the figure because it was an untested character at a premium price ($40), though there are plans to distribute it through other retailers in the future (I think).

I love the artwork on display here.

For me, I liked Drizzt well enough when I was reading the books decades ago. He’s cool, though his stories got very repetitive for me so I would never call him one of my favorite literary characters. I won’t deny though that he’s perfect for an action figure and his popularity makes him a great first choice for a figure. I saw it, and I thought it looked cool, and eventually placed a pre-order. My decision to buy this figure was one part enjoyment of the actual piece, and one part a desire to just support the brand in hopes of getting a Raistlin down the road. That property, Dragonlance, has some legal troubles though that will probably make it difficult for me to get what I want, but I can dream, can’t I?

There’s a lot of stuff in that box.

Drizzt arrived after a delay of about a month. All kinds of shipping problems in December threw things into disarray, but thankfully Drizzt wasn’t on that ship that lost a ton of cargo in a storm. The figure comes packaged in a very nice box with an unusual shape. The front is curved and embossed with a dynamic illustration of Drizzt and Guen. Sliding that off produces a window box with the figure itself and a nice, wintery, backdrop. It’s easy to reseal, which is always a plus with figures that come with a bunch of extra stuff, and would be attractive for mint-in-box collectors, though to display with or without the slipcover would be a tough call.

He’s free!
I think of his open hand as his kitty-patting hand.

Drizzt is a little tricky to extricate from the plastic bubble inside as he has this big cloak that slips through the plastic, plus his scabbards go through it as well. Once removed he’s a pretty sturdy figure with a fair amount of heft to him due to that cloak. He stands right at six inches and seems like the kind of figure that could slip into other displays fairly easily. His armor is incredibly detailed with lots of little paint flourishes through out. My figure is pretty much devoid of any signs of paint slop or quality control issues of any kind. His joints were all free and easy out of the box and there are no defects I can spot. This is a very well made figure, though also still pretty familiar to anyone who collects stuff from Hasbro. I really like the gray-purple of his flesh and you can see the purple in his eyes. He has an angry facial expression with windswept hair perfect for a battle pose. He has a pair of gripping hands with vertical hinges (finally, Hasbro!) that have just enough of an opening in them that it’s fairly easy to slip one of his two swords into each hand. He looks great, and this is a later version of Drizzt as opposed to a first appearance. It reminds me of the look the character sported in the artwork for The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy. There’s a lot of black, green, and gold and the leather portions of his armor have a touch of blue. It’s textured really well too and looks like worn leather, though the armor is so pristine that it doesn’t look like something he’s ever actually battled in. The fur lining on the cloak is well done and there’s a hood sculpted into the back of it that’s been pushed back. This is just really nice and it’s good to see Hasbro sink a little more money into this release than it would a mass market figure for Walmart or Target. As they should, since they’re charging a premium for it.

If you really want to see what this figure can do you have to ditch the cloak.

If you’ve had a Hasbro figure recently, then you should know what to expect in terms of articulation. Drizzt’s head sits on a ball peg so he can look around, but his cloak plus his hair will severely limit that head articulation. Of course, you can remove the cloak and get better articulation, if you wish. The base of the neck is also on a ball peg which aids him in looking up and down when the cloak is not an issue. The shoulders are ball-hinges with a slight butterfly joint as well. The pauldrons on his shoulders can be manipulated a bit to get them out of the way when posing. He has swivels at the shoulders, double-jointed elbows, wrist swivels, and the previously mentioned vertical hinges. In the torso he foregoes a diaphragm joint in favor of an ab crunch. I am on record as not caring for ab crunches, but this one at least looks fine. He can also twist at the waist and swivel at the thigh, which are ball-hinged. He has double-jointed knees and can swivel at the foot. He also has hinges at the ankle and a generous rocker. It’s a solid assortment of articulation and Hasbro did a good job of working with the intricate armor on this figure to get as much articulation into it without disrupting that sculpt. The skirt pieces of the armor are very flexible so they only interfere a bit. I would have preferred a diaphragm joint in place of the ab crunch, but it’s fine.

Kitty statue.
Extra stuff that will mostly entertain actual players of Dungeons & Dragons, something I haven’t done in over 20 years.

Drizzt comes packaged with quite the assortment of accessories and optional parts. He has two heads: an angry one and a smug one. I really like both, but I tend to prefer that cocky look to the yelling one. He also has two hairstyles which you can swap between the two heads. One is windswept and the other is static. I had a hard time getting the static hair to work in tandem with the cloak, but others may have better luck than me. The cloak can be removed by popping off the head, but be careful when doing do as sometimes his neck will release which is kind of a pain. Try to hold the neck in place as best you can. He also has an extra set of hands which include a fist and an open left hand. The fist is kind of useless and I would have preferred two style hands, but oh well. The open hand works with his little, black, kitty statue which is supposed to be Guen. That’s what the cat is when not in the material world. There’s also a D20 die done in a sparkly, black, green color that’s pretty neat for people who play D&D. Drizzt also has a necklace he can wear which features a little unicorn head. This is the symbol of the goddess he worships or identifies with. It fits over his head fine, but gets lost when the cloak is on too. It’s also too light to have a natural hang and I find I prefer the character without it, but it’s there if you like it. There are also monster cards hidden behind the cardboard insert in the box. I know some of them, like the beholder and ice dragon, but some I don’t know what they are. I wish they had a little bio or something on them instead of some fake language.

You probably don’t want to mess with this guy.
Let’s add a little magic to those blades!

Of course, Drizzt also comes with his prized, twin, scimitars: Twinkle and Icingdeath. They’re well sculpted and painted and look terrific whether in-hand or sheathed. I find they don’t necessarily match up with the descriptions given for each in the books, but there have been prop Drizzt swords made over the years and these seem to match those. I think it’s Twinkle that has this neat metallic, blue, finish on the pommel that’s especially nice looking. The vertical hinges of his hands help in wielding them properly and Drizzt just looks cool with a blade in each hand. He also has two effects pieces for the blades that looks like ice magic, or something. They slide onto the blade and lend themselves well to dynamic poses. The only drawback is they add considerable heft to the swords. If there is one issue I have, it’s that Drizzt’s arms are a little loose for his swords. I still was able to get him into some interesting poses, but I’m concerned if I leave him on a shelf with these things on the blades his shoulders may weaken until he can’t keep his arm up. In particular, the left arm is the one I have the most concern with. I suspect this may vary from unit to unit.

Say, “ahhhh”

Lastly, Drizzt is accompanied by his good pal, Guenwhyvar. I don’t know why Salvatore settled on such an obnoxious spelling, but he has a tendency to do that with a lot of stuff in his novels. The panther is about six inches long and quite sleek with a lustrous black coat with maybe a hint of purple in some places. There’s a lot of points of articulation on this cat too. There’s a ball-joint in the torso that provides some ability to pivot, a ball-joint at the base of the neck, and a ball-joint at the base of the head with a hinged jaw. The legs appear to be ball-jointed at the base, but can’t do much other than move forward and back a little. The rear, right, leg is pretty tight on mine too. Each knee can swivel and bend and there’s another hinge past that and a third hinge at the foot. That’s on the hind legs, the front legs have one less hinge. The feet can also rock side to side. The tail pegs into a ball joint and kind of just hangs out. It’s a lot, but it’s not all functional. I can’t, for instance, get the kitty to sit in a convincing fashion. She can get into a pounce position, but for the most part I think people will just pose her in a fairly neutral position looking a bit menacing with that mouth open.

“Just five more minutes then I’ll feed you.”
As much as it pains my wallet to admit, he would look cool with an orc to slice and dice.

That’s a lot of stuff for one figure release, and I think this is a great value at $40. Of course, since it is a mail away situation you’ll have to pay shipping to acquire Drizzt so his real cost is more like $50, but it’s still pretty good considering a Lightning Collection Power Ranger is about $20 and of lower quality. For your money, you get a really nice looking and functional action figure plus a fully realized panther figure. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a few shortcomings. I wish the engineering on the panther was a bit better, and I find myself really surprised that Drizzt didn’t come with one more hairpiece that included his hood. Maybe they couldn’t figure out a way to get a hood to fit over the existing hood and didn’t want to turn that into a separate, floating, piece like they have done with the masks on some of the Marvel Legends. Otherwise though, there’s nothing really missing or that I wish the figure came with. I mentioned wanting a second open hand in place of the fist, but I don’t know if I can resist posing him with both blades drawn anyway.

I figured I should probably toss-in a comparison shot with other lines since this is a new line for Hasbro.

If this is the start of Hasbro’s descent into the old TSR portfolio, then this a great way to kick off a line. I suspect Dungeons & Dragons will never be a huge part of the Hasbro figure lineup, but if they can get a couple figures out a year that would be better than what came before it. My hope is for them to head to Dragonlance, but I’d be pretty surprised if the company didn’t hang around Forgotten Realms for awhile and fill out Drizzt’s allies. They may also look to the iconic Monster Manual for some creature ideas in place of characters from the various novels. Unless this figure fails to sell, but I’m pretty optimistic that it will attract enough attention to warrant more figures. If you like what you see here and want Hasbro to do more, you can head over to their website now and order your own Drizzt. I think you’ll be pleased with what you receive.

It’s cold and lonely in the north: get a cat.

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